LEXINGTON, Ohio — Mark Bently of Lexington, Ohio, strolled around the MotoArmory display of vintage bikes Sunday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki.
The bike range from new modern race bikes like Chad Reed’s Supercross Kawasaki KX450F race bike and all the way bike to a side car bike that a high school shop class made around 1960.
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, featuring Riders of Kawasaki, attendees enjoying the MotoArmory display.
Bently has been coming to AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and enjoying displays like the MotorArmory bike tent since the event first moved to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I tend to lead more towards motocross bikes,” Bently said. “That’s the type of racing I’ve always been involved in, so I find it most fascinating.”
Bently said he enjoys looking at the old bikes that remind him of his old racing days.
Cody Vipond, of Geneseo, Ill., works for MotoArmory, transporting bikes and displays, as well as detailing the bikes and picking up newly purchased bikes that will be added to the collection.
A few of MotoAmory's bikes for vintage motorcycle fans to indulge in.
“We have an incredible collection of bikes,” he said. “The goal is to share those motorcycles with anyone and everyone and really bond with all kinds of people over vintage bikes.”
In the past, the display featured bikes from multiple disciplines of racing. But, this year, the group brought an array of bikes they thought would most suite the crowd of people at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
“My favorite is Kevin Whindam’s Motorcross of Nations bike,” Vipond said. “That year, AMA decided not to take a team over seas because 9/11 had just happened.”
MotoArmory had many bikes on display.
The history of the bikes attracts all kinds of people, including 12-year-old Kyler Sparks.
He enjoys looking at the bikes with his dad and learning about what riding was like when his dad was his age.
“I think that the old bikes are really cool,” Sparks said. “It’s like going back in time with my dad. It’s almost like every single bike has it’s own story.”